Interview for the Indian newspaper Rajasthan Patrika

March 2018, India – a free translation from Hindi: After Dalai Lama and Dan Brown I would like to meet Amol Palekar Renowned Slovak writer visiting Pink City India´s spirituality inspires After leaving politics he made his career as a writer and journalist India has a special place in the heart of the renowned Slovak writer Jozef Banas. He is greatly inspired by Indian culture and civilization and every day he practices yoga to connect with India. Jozef has come to Jaipur to support the launch of the Hindi edition of his book Code 1, […]

The novel Code 1 has entered the Indian market

The publishing house Rajpal and Sons seated in New Delhi, India, has released the Hindi edition Jerusalem Se Kasmir Tak of Jozef Banas´ novel Code 1. The publishing house, established in 1912, is one of the largest and eldest in India. It publishes prominent domestic and foreign authors such as Jiddu Krishnamurti, the most significant spiritual teacher of 20th-century India, Ruskin Bond, Jaswant Singh, Dalai Lama, Benazir Bhutto, Abdul Kalam, the President of India, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the Splading Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at University of Oxford, Amritlal Nagar, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of […]

Jozef Banáš´s novel Jubilation Zone has arrived on the Turkish book market

On February 15, the book launch took place in Ankara in the famous Ankara Palace – the seat of the former President Mustafa Kemala Atatürk. Jozef Banáš has achieved another international success. His novel Jubilation Zone describing the dramatic events in Central Europe in the years between 1968 and 2008 has been released by one of the country´s five largest publishing houses Destek Istanbul under the title Behind The Curtain (Perde Arkasi). On February 15, the title was introduced to the Turkish book market, the launch taking place in the famous Ankara Palace – the […]

Code 1 in Czech translation

In December 2017, the largest publishing house in the Czech Republic Euromedia Praha brought out one of the most successful novels written by Jozef Banáš, Code 1 translated by Robert Pirchl. The novel depicting the lives of Jesus Christ and the apostle Thomas in India sold 37,000 copies by the end of 2017.  

The Donkey Is Swiss

Bratislava, December 7, 2017 Before the end of the year, a new book written by the popular Slovak writer Jozef Banáš has been introduced to the domestic book market. Short reflections, aphorisms, essays, jokes, stories, poems, dialogues, sayings, morals. Illustrations by the father and son duo, Ivan and Dávid Popovič, complement all of this perfectly. Let us introduce Jozef Banas´ new, fifteenth book The Donkey Is Swiss. Why such an unusual title? Right on the first pages we find the answer to this question from a story based on a true occurrence which happened in […]

Code 9.1.7 – The first Slovak illustrated novel

Slovakia´s book market has welcomed the first Slovak illustrated novel Code 9.1.7 written by Jozef Banáš. Following the striking success of the novels Code 9, Code 1 and Code 7, of which 115,000 copies have been sold up to now, the reader gets to hold their illustrated omnibus edition. Such an edition is unique in Slovakia. Photographs, maps, notes, comments and explanations enable the reader to have an insider´s view into the author´s travels and to take a glimpse of the countries in which the stories of the Code-trilogy have been born; to visit attractive […]

Jozef Banáš´ presentation in Spain is quite a feat

In its August 2017 issue, the monthly periodical of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) published Jozef Banáš´ short story Messi´s Miracle (Messiho zázrak) in which the author pays tribute to the nurse Peggy at the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Kramáre Hospital in Bratislava and to the football player Lionel Messi. The thrilling story is part of the collection Last Infidelity (Posledná nevera) of which nearly ten thousand copies have been sold. The director of the magazine Fútbol, Luis Arnáiz Arizmendi, personally expressed his gratitude to the Slovak author writing: “It is an […]

Which Slovak books rank among the most-translated?

Czech, Hungarian, Russian as well as Turkish, Arabic or Latvian – these are all languages into which Slovak literary works have been translated. Let’s just say it clearly: Some Slovak books are only good as a free supplement to a feminine magazine or as heating material. The fact that popular stories are often mere junk without artistic value, fortunately, does not define the whole of literature. Original Slovak fiction can pride itself on works that have achieved success in the world and received international awards. As the Slovak book market offers a huge assortment of imported […]

The Russian edition of Banas’ novel The Jubilation Zone has been launched

The most translated Slovak novel the Jubilation Zone has scored another international success. The book written by the award-winning author, Jozef Banas, has been introduced to the Russian market this week. On May 30th, the novel was launched at the Slovak Institute in Moscow. “In the presence of the translators Alla Maskova and Ludmila Sirokova, the book was introduced by the editor-in-chief of the publishing house MIK Moscow, Jelena Parskova and the director of the publishing house Ikar Valeria Malikova,” Jozef Banas confirms. The director of the Slovak Institute, Jan Smihula, appreciates that after a […]

The most popular Slovak man in the Czech Republic launched the Czech edition of Idiots in Politics

On Thursday May 18th, 2017, a festive atmosphere reigned in the Slovak Cultural Center in Prague. The Czech edition of Banas´ bestseller Idiots in Politics released by the publishing house Beskydy was launched by the most popular Slovak man in Czechia, the Vice Prime Minister of the Czech government and Minister of Finance Andrej Babis. Among the guests were the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in Prague Peter Weiss and the director of the Slovak Cultural Center Vladimir Valovic. The book was sent on its course in an untraditional way – with a song. The present […]